Immediate medical risks may include pelvic infection, incomplete abortion, blood clots in the uterus, heavy bleeding, cut or torn cervix, perforation of the wall of the uterus and anesthesia-related complications. The procedure will generally require a hospital stay of one or more days.
What are the side effects of abortion?
Normal side effects after an abortion include: abdominal cramps. light vaginal bleeding. nausea and vomiting.
If you experience any of these symptoms, seek emergency medical care:
- excessively heavy bleeding (as discussed above)
- strong-smelling vaginal discharge.
- severe abdominal pain.
What can I expect after an early abortion?
It’s normal to have some bleeding and spotting for several weeks after your abortion. You can use pads, tampons, or a menstrual cup — whatever’s the most comfortable for you. But your nurse or doctor may recommend you use pads for the first few days after the abortion so you can track how much you’re bleeding.
What are the risks of a medical abortion?
Potential risks of medical abortion include: Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion. An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work. Heavy and prolonged bleeding.
When should I be concerned about my abortion?
Call your doctor immediately if you have any of these symptoms after an abortion: Severe bleeding. Both medical and surgical abortions usually cause bleeding that is different from a normal menstrual period.
What are signs of an incomplete abortion?
Signs of an incomplete miscarriage
- heavy bleeding – get medical help if you’re soaking through a pad in an hour.
- bleeding that carries on and doesn’t settle down.
- passing blood clots.
- increasing tummy pain, which may feel like cramps or contractions.
- a raised temperature (fever) and flu-like symptoms.
Does abortion pain feel like labor pain?
Some women may experience moderate pain as a result of these uterine contractions. Every woman who has a medical abortion will respond differently. Some women describe the experience as being similar to having a heavy period and cramps. Others may experience more intense cramping.
Can abortion make your stomach big?
You may notice some abdominal swelling or bloating following your procedure. Some swelling is normal and may last for 3 to 5 days.
Do and don’ts after abortion?
Don’t have vaginal intercourse and don’t insert anything, including tampons, in your vagina for two weeks with one exception. If you use NuvaRing as your birth control, you may insert it after the procedure. Do not douche, taking baths or swim. You may shower, but do not sit in a tub of water.
How long does it take for your stomach to go down after an abortion?
Most pregnancy symptoms begin to go away within 24 hours after the abortion, with nausea usually gone by the third day.
Does abortion hurt the first month?
The level of cramping, pain, and bleeding can be intense, and may depend on the timing in the pregnancy (14). A follow-up appointment usually happens a week or two later. First trimester medication abortions are safe and very effective.
Is it normal to smell after abortion?
Periods after a surgical abortion may be lighter at first. They should normalize within a few months. Any blood or discharge you have shouldn’t smell bad. Foul-smelling discharge could be a sign of infection.
How long will I bleed after an abortion?
Bleeding after surgical abortion
Expect to bleed like a normal menstrual period, and you may pass small blood clots. Bleeding usually stops after 1-2 weeks, but some women spot until their next period.
Can antibiotics treat incomplete abortion?
The value of routine antibiotics before surgical evacuation of the uterus in women with incomplete abortion is controversial. In some health centres antibiotic prophylaxis is advised; in others antibiotics are only prescribed when there are signs of infection.